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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Literacy Teachers Vlog: Kellee on Helping Struggling Readers Succeed

Thursday: Love by Stacy McAnulty

Friday: Tiger Days by M.H. Clark

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: Classroom Activities with Anything Can Happen in Mrs. Whynot’s Room by Jayne Peters

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Ricki

Three new summer picture book releases from Penguin! Yahoo!:

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes is an adorable and charming book about a boy who imagines he is the king of kindergarten. As the mom of a son who is about to enter kindergarten, I am so thrilled that this book exists. It doesn’t even acknowledge the fear that some kids might have about kindergarten. Instead, it is so confident, and I love that we finished the book and my son said, “I want to be the king of kindergarten, too!”

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero is absolutely lovely. It has such richness and depth. My kids kept making me turn back to previous pages, so they could soak in the details a bit more. I love Isabel Quintero’s YA work, so I was thrilled to see this picture book. It is quite marvelous.

Camp Tiger could be set in Colorado. It reminds me so much of the Poudre Canyon and our drives through it. The mountain setting is stunning. The main character of the book is used to annual camping trips, but he imagines a tiger joins them this year. This book has a lot of depth and offers a lot to talk about with kids. It made me a bit teary. I loved it and think it will be very popular this summer.

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Ricki

I am just about finished with I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. I think I might be getting Internment by Samira Ahmed next. Has anyone read it yet?

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Wednesday: Review and Educators’ Guide: Taking Cover: One Girl’s Story of Growing Up During the Iranian Revolution by Nioucha Homayoonfar

Thursday: The Last Last-Day of Summer by Lamar Giles

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: Yogi: The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra by Barb Rosenstock

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures by Paul Erickson

Thursday: Make This! from National Geographic Kids

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari

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Kellee

I am in Syracuse with Trent visiting my sister and my new nephew (!!!!!) and will miss today and next Monday because of traveling.
I will be back on the 1st 🙂
Happy reading until then!

Ricki

Thanks for all of your kind comments on the blog last week! I had a bit of a rough Monday night with my pregnancy, so I didn’t get to go on all of your blogs. I sincerely apologize and promise to be back in action this week!

This week, I read The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles. This book is a very middle grade book. I am going to admit now that middle grade books are not my specialty. I love to read books older and younger than this age, but for some reason, I don’t dig the middle grade humor and silliness. It’s funny—because I love working with tweens. So I don’t think I am good judge of this book. I found it to be engaging and interesting to read, but the corniness wasn’t my typical enjoyment. If you love fantasy and middle grade literature, I think this is a great pick for you. Lamar Giles is very clearly a talented writer. I am just a terrible audience for this particular age and genre combination. I gifted it to a neighbor, and I know she will love it.

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Ricki

I never read I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez, and I have always regretted it. I got it on audio, and so far, it is excellent.

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Tuesday: Literacy Teachers Vlog: Kellee on Helping Struggling Readers Succeed

Thursday: Love by Stacy McAnulty

Friday: Tiger Days by M.H. Clark

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: Classroom Activities with Anything Can Happen in Mrs. Whynot’s Room by Jayne Peters

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Ricki’s book came out this week!!!!!

Engaging with Multicultural YA Literature in the Secondary Classroom: Critical Approaches for Critical Education

Edited by our very own Ricki Ginsberg and the amazing Wendy J. Glenn

Description: With a focus on fostering democratic, equitable education for young people, Ginsberg and Glenn’s engaging text showcases a wide variety of innovative, critical classroom approaches that extend beyond traditional literary theories commonly used in K-12 and higher education classrooms and provides opportunities to explore young adult (YA) texts in new and essential ways. The chapters pair YA texts with critical practices and perspectives for culturally affirming and sustaining teaching and include resources, suggested titles, and classroom strategies. Following a consistent structure, each chapter provides foundational background on a key critical approach, applies the approach to a focal YA text, and connects the approach to classroom strategies designed to encourage students to think deeply and critically about texts, themselves, and the world. Offering a wealth of innovative pedagogical tools, this comprehensive volume offers opportunities for students and their teachers to explore key and emerging topics, including culture, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender, immigration, race, sexual orientation, and social class.

Congratulations, Ricki! And I cannot wait to read it!
Love, Kellee ♥

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CONGRATULATIONS
Donna M. 
for winning the It’s Not Hansel and Gretel giveaway!

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Tuesday: Do you teach a YAL course or do you integrate YAL in your classroom? If so, Ricki needs your help!

Thursday: Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles

Friday: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Kellee

  • Wait until I share The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari on Friday! Immediately engaging!
  • Today is our virtual visit with Todd Mitchell, and I am so happy that I was able to read The Secret to Lying before we met up with him. Both of his books that I read were so different yet both so good!
  • I have now officially read everything that Meg Medina has written. And it is all brilliant!
  • Tiger Days: A Book of Feelings by M.H. Clark is going to be one that will be used in my parenting. Ricki and I look forward to sharing it soon!

I was so happy to get to these award-winning picture books! They are beautiful and all have one other thing in common: They all made me super emotional!

Upcoming picture books alert!

  • I actually laughed out loud and tweet about it right away after opening the package with I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt in it! And that was before I even read it. Then I read it. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Loved it! One of the best counting books I’ve ever read!
  • Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons is a family story. It is a heritage story. It is a home story. A perfect story of going home and reuniting with family, finding a way to tell the story of your family and home, and the love around all involved.
  • Alan Bean was an artist and an astronaut. He saw colors and textures with the eye of an artist, so after he visited the moon and saw that photographs didn’t show what he saw the way he saw it, he painted. The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon by Dean Robbins is his true story. I cannot wait to own a finished copy of this one!
  • I am a Tiger by Karl Newson is the picture book version of Fox the Tiger. Mouse knows he’s a tiger. And then a tiger shows up… 
  • Pig the Stinker is the 7th book in the Pig the Pug series, and Pig is still the same old figurative and literal stinker. 
  • Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey was another laugh out loud book. Brian likes fruit, but his friends just want to bite some bums. But Brian for real loves his fruit, why won’t his friends try some?!

Ricki

Kellee, I adore you. You are so, so sweet! I am really excited that the book is out in the world. It was so much fun to work on it over the last year. 

I read Tiger Days: A Book of Feelings by M.H. Clark. My two-year-old LOVES this book, so I’ve read it several times this week. It is a fun book that teaches metaphor and emotions.

I also read Bird Watch by Christie Matheson this week. I loved how this book incorporated bird knowledge and find-and-seek birds within each page. The book is great to teach different types of common birds, counting, and searching for birds that are hiding in nature.

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Kellee

  • Still listening: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
  • Still reading with Trent: Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
  • Reading: ?? We’ll see!

Ricki

I am still enjoying On the Come Up. It’s absolutely fantastic. The only reason I haven’t finished it is the fact that I am not sleeping much. But I plan to finish it very, very soon.

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Wednesday: Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures by Paul Erickson

Thursday: Make This! from National Geographic Kids

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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CONGRATULATIONS
Denise M. 
for winning our What If…? Then We… Giveaway!

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Tuesday: Jennifer Nielsen’s Visit to Kellee’s School

Thursday: The Story of Rock, The Story of Rap, and Frida Catlo

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Kellee

 

  • I can definitely see why so many of my students rave about Red Queen, and I cannot wait to see what happens in book two. So much betrayal and unexpected events in the first book! However, I will admit that it did remind me of many different books’ premises.
  • Monday’s Not Coming was such a surprise for me! It was anything but the typical missing person book you normally encounter, and I really didn’t figure out the truth until it was revealed.
  • Marie Lu is a sci-fi genius in my mind. The Warcross/Wildcard duology was epic! Though my favorite thing about it was the focus on friendship, teamwork, and truthfulness.
  • The Last Panther should be talked about more! It is a middle grade dystopian novel mixed with a Carl Hiaasen novel, and it is as good and interesting as the combination sounds.

  • We have finished Dog Man #3: A Tale of Two Kitties, and it is still definitely holding Trent’s attention.
  • A librarian from our county library visited Trent’s school and read Mousetronaut and my typical “I don’t remember what I did at school kid” instead talked a mile a minute about a mouse saving the say on a space ship and becoming an astronaut, so we asked for the book (and received!) Mousetronaut for Trent’s birthday.
  • After Ricki’s rave review of Fox the Tiger and its ALA award, I had to read it with Trent, and I see why it is receiving the love. It is a fun read with a good plot, but it is also very readable for early readers.

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Kellee

  • On to number 4! I think Trent would read this for hours every night with us!
  • Todd Mitchell is our virtual visit on March 11th, so I am onto my second of his books–VERY different!
  • A Grimm Warning audiobook was finally available and it was perfect timing since I finished listening/rereading The Poet X.

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Tuesday: Do you teach a YAL course or do you integrate YAL in your classroom? If so, Ricki needs your help!

Thursday: Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles

Friday: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Teacher Action Research

Wednesday: Trent’s Favorite Reads as of his Fifth Birthday!

Thursday: Blog Tour with Reviews, Book Trailer, and Giveaway!: It’s Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk

Giveaway open until Thursday!

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: What If…? Then We…: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Possibilities  by Recebba Kai Dotlich

Giveaway open until Friday!

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Kellee

Finishing up Trent’s birthday celebration; I’ll be back next week 🙂

Ricki

I finished one of my #mustreadin2019 books, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. It was just as good as everyone said it was. The book beautifully captures humanity. Adam Silvera is easily one of my favorite authors, and this one hit me just as hard as his other books.

 

I received three adorable board books for review. I’ll be providing a combined review of the three books on Thursday, but I enjoyed the consolidated nonfiction of The Story of RapThe Story of Rock, and the cat-inspired memoir of Frida Catlo.

 

The Good Egg by Jory John and Pete Oswald is just as adorable as the first book, The Bad Seed. It teaches kids about behavior and about doing what is right. I also like that it is realistic and tells kids that “good eggs” aren’t always good. This reminds kids that they might make mistakes—and this is okay.

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Ricki

I am balancing a few ARCs this week. I’ve been going back and forth between books I missed (They Both Die at the End by Silvera) and new books (Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles). These both were wonderful, and I am hoping to finish the amazing On the Come Up by Angie Thomas this week. 

I am also doing a lot of professional reading. I’ve been thinking a lot about power positioning in classes, and I am working on an article about this, and I am reading Reconceptualizing the Literacies in Adolescents’ Lives (Alvermann and Hinchman).

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Tuesday: Jennifer Nielsen’s Visit to Kellee’s School

Thursday: The Story of Rock, The Story of Rap, and Frida Catlo

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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CONGRATULATIONS
Crystal for winning The Lost Girl giveaway!
Mary Alison for winning the Pumpsie giveaway!
Cassandra for winning the Duck and Hippo: The Secret Valentine giveaway!
Elisabeth for winning the Lost in the Antarctic giveaway!

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Wednesday: Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

Friday: Complexity in Someday by David Levithan

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “The Writing Process” by Lauren L. Wohl, Author of Extravaganza at the Plaza

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Kellee

It is time to celebrate Trent’s birthday (HE IS GOING TO BE FIVE!), so today and next Monday I’ll be spending time with my family. I’ll be back on March 4th 🙂

Ricki

I finished the ARC of Jo Knowles’ latest book, Where the Heart Is. I loved this book. It tackles issues not commonly seen in middle grade literature. The main character is questioning her sexuality in ways that felt very real to me. Her parents are struggling financially and aren’t sure if they are going to be able to pay their mortgage. It’s a powerful book about friendship, family, and identity.

My 5-year-old finished reading Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor all by himself! We tackled three new pages each day, and I am so, so proud of him. Thanks to some of our fellow bloggers (Elisabeth, especially), we have a solid list of other engaging early readers in our future. I don’t generally enjoy early readers, but there are some gems out there that I have loved.

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Ricki

My son and I enjoyed Fox the Tiger so much that we are going back a year and reading the first book, Fox is Late.

I am a few weeks delayed, but I am excited to get to On the Come Up by Angie Thomas this week. I just have to read a couple of journal issues that I missed last month first. 🙂

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Tuesday: Teacher Action Research

Wednesday: Trent’s Favorite Reads as of his Fifth Birthday!

Thursday: Blog Tour with Reviews, Book Trailer, and Giveaway!: It’s Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: What If…? Then We…: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Possibilities  by Recebba Kai Dotlich

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Parenting in the Age of School Lotteries and School Choice

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: Duck and Hippo: The Secret Valentine by Jonathan London
Giveaway open until Wednesday!

Friday: Blog Tour with Review, Educators’ Guide, and Giveaway!: The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
Giveaway open until Thursday!

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Kellee

A much better reading week!

  • Trent is pretty darn obsessed with Dog Man. We bought a box with the first three, and now that we’re on the third book, he has already asked if we could get four.
  • I reviewed The Lost Girl on Friday, so check that out to see what I thought. (Spoiler: A special book!)
  • Merci Suarez Changes Gears is everything I wanted and more! I’m definitely going to review it for you all! It definitely deserved the Newbery.
  • And it must have been an award-winning book reading week because I also read The Poet X which blew me away! I can see why it won like everything.
  • Done with the second Land of Stories book! It is pretty darn clever how Chris Colfer tied all of the fairy tales together. Waiting for the third audiobook to be available from my library now…

Ricki

My boys and I read Make This! by National Geographic. This is probably my favorite book that has come out of National Geographic. It’s divided into chapters (Forces, Motion, Optics, Energy, etc.), and each chapter features easy-to-create projects for kids to learn about physics and engineering. Most of the projects can be completed with items in our house. After every project, my boys were shrieking, “Let’s make it! Right now!” We currently have a straw rocket on the counter. (We had to pause for bedtime, but I suspect it will be in the air tomorrow.) My husband, an engineer, was impressed by the ways in which the chapters were divided. I am a big fan of this book and will be gifting it to a few engineer-loving kids that I know.

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Kellee

  • Going to listen to The Poet X now because I need to hear it performed.
  • Red Queen take 3! Let’s see if I can finish it this time 🙂
  • And onto Dog Man 3!

Ricki

I am loving Where the Heart is by Jo Knowles. She captures characters and emotion so beautifully. I am rushing to finish this post, so I can get back to it!

I am listening to They Both Die at the End (Adam Silvera). I have an hour and a half left. I suspect most of the readers of this blog have read it, but it is on my #mustreadin2019 list!

I am proud that my son is reading Fox the Tiger entirely by himself. We read a new page or two each day and review all of the previous pages together each day. I really, really enjoy this book and was glad it won the Geisel award. It’s a fantastic early reader that is engaging and fun.

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Wednesday: Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

Friday: Complexity in Someday by David Levithan

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “The Writing Process” by Lauren L. Wohl, Author of Extravaganza at the Plaza

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